Dehumidifier suitable all boats

With winter now well and truly hear hopefully you have a dehumidifier on your boat. If not, here is one that I use.

This particular dehumidifier is portable, efficient and economical. It uses modern technology which makes it light and quiet. Any moisture extracted from the surrounding environment in your boat, is stored in the dehumidifiers removable water tank.

A 2 litre tank capacity which when full, automatically turns off the unit. It can remove between 550-600ml of moisture per day at 30°C 80%RH (so it works best if you have a low energy heater also running to keep the temperature above say 15 degrees C). In this condition it will dramatically reduce the effects of mould, dampness and of course humidity.

I have been using this model for over a year. Last winter it worked a treat and I have had it plugged in since November. I check it each weekend and empty the water out. If I did not do that it would switch off when the tank becomes full.

One of these dehumidifier does my 9 metre boat just fine with all the cabin doors open. Perhaps if you have a boat with separate cabins; say an aft cabin you will need to buy two dehumidifiers.

At the moment it is the cheapest dehumidifier on ebay!


GPS for Christmas Gift.

If you are looking for a Christmas gift, why not give them a GPS? There are many GPS instruments for sale at prices to suit all buyers. Whether it is a simple hand held GPS that can be carried around in your pocket or the larger more sophisticated type.

If the person you are buying the GPS for already has one, then perhaps they would welcome an upgrade. For example, from a hand held GPS to one that is fixed within their boat. If you know the layout of their boat you might have a fixed position in mind for your new Christmas gift?

Sourcing your GPS can involve one of several routes. You could visit your local chandlery to view a suitable GPS. This is quite a good way of deciding which one would make the ideal Christmas gift. It also may be an opportunity to see one in action before you buy. However, once you have identified the GPS model you want, you do not necessarily need to buy it then and there.

You could return home and spend sometime surfing the internet for other sources of that particular model of GPS. There are online chandlers, retailers, Amazon or ebay, that may have your gift in stock. Some online sources such as ebay have the facility to deliver the GPS to your nearest Argos for you to collect when it is convenient.

To view a range of GPS models on ebay, please follow this link.


Nautical gifts for Christmas

Getting someone you know a nautical gift for Christmas can be difficult. It is difficult because they probably have everything they need already. So you need to look for the more unusual nautical gifts. Quirky gifts like a gimballed compass set on a wooden stand. Or a telescope set within a wooden walking stick. If it is a clock you are thinking of buying, why not chose this Divers helmet clock.

These gifts are all a bit different from the usual ones found in shops across the UK. Sometimes the more conventional gifts are needed. For example, the marine clock and thermometer on a wooden plaque or a brass sextant. A pocket compass with a superb finish could be your choice.

All of the above nautical gifts for Christmas are well made and of excellent quality. They can be delivered within a few days of ordering or you can collect most of them from your local Argos store at your own convenience. I hope this small selection of nautical gifts mentioned here has given you ideas for Christmas presents.


Christmas presents for boaters.

Many people struggle to find a Christmas present for boaters. So often there is nothing that is obvious that a boater needs. A person that has a boat seems to have everything that is required on their boat.  However, consumables like engine oil, filters, spark plugs, locks, and grease are always overlooked. These are things that are needed by boat owners. So why not buy these items as presents?

Engine oil is essential to be replaced each season by the boat owner. Fresh engine oil will make a tremendous benefit to the overall performance of the engine. So it needs replaced. Why not give a good quality engine oil as a present? Wrap it up in Christmas paper with a bow! You will be delighted by the reaction you receive!

A new set of spark plugs will really benefit the performance of the outboard engine. This is an item that most owners think about but normally overlook each season. They tend to clean the existing ones and make do. However, if you give them as a Christmas present then they should be fitted by the owner before the new season begins.

A set of fuel filters are also on most boat owners to do list. However, they are often overlooked. So by giving them as a Christmas present you are providing a good opportunity for the owner to replace them. It is the same with providing Grease as a present. Before the season begins it is a great idea to use grease on all the places it is required before launching the boat. This will make using the equipment a lot easier because it will run smoother with grease!

When a boat is in the water it is subject to all sorts of dangers. One of the dangers is theft. So it is best to try and prevent thieves from stealing equipment. There are various locks available to use. You should look around your vessel and identify what can be stolen. Then use locks to prevent theft of any equipment. Outboard motors are the most potential items of theft because they can be unscrewed from the vessel easily. So if your outboard is screwed to the outboard bracket it would be sensible to put a lock on it.

All of the above are potential Christmas presents that you could provide for the boat owner in your family. Although you might think some of the items are not sufficient to give as a present, believe me, they are ideal! Most people look for the big items at Christmas and forget the small things. The above list will certainly provide your boat owner family friend with everything they wanted for Christmas!



Servicing your outboard motor

There are quite a lot of little tasks to do when you are going to service your outboard engine.
If you use this checklist you should cover just about everything:
1.  Change the gear oil – and while you are doing this see if any water
     has got through the seals.
2.  Replace the spark plugs – some people just clean the old ones, but
     buy new.
3.  Strip down and clean the fuel filter.
4.  Strip down the water pump – clean any corrosion.
5.  Check the flywheel nut and nuts around the cylinder head.
6.  Check the recoil starter – lubricate it – also the pull rope for any
7.  Check the gear and throttle cables for any damage – lubricate all
8.  Check the tilt mechanism – grease it and the clamp screws while
     you have the grease out.
9.  Lubricate the prop shaft.
10. Bleed the auto lube pump – check for air in system.
11. Check the ignition timing – adjust if needed.
12. Adjust the carburettor pilot screws if they need it – otherwise
      leave as is.
13. Change the engine oil.
Start your outboard up after doing these tasks and listen to it. Check to see if water is exiting the exhaust. Then adjust the throttle – the engine should have a smooth pick from idle. The maximum revs should be achieved. Return to idle speed and check to see if does maintain its correct idle speed , now that the engine is hot. With the throttle
working smoothly, check all other functions, including the stop button!  Happy motoring!